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|38th Leader of the Official Opposition in Ontario|
June 29, 2018
|Lieutenant Governor||Elizabeth Dowdeswell|
|Preceded by||Vic Fedeli|
|Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party|
March 7, 2009
|Preceded by||Howard Hampton|
|Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament
for Hamilton Centre
Hamilton East (2004–2007)
May 13, 2004
|Preceded by||Dominic Agostino|
|Hamilton City Councillor|
December 1, 1997 – June 16, 2004
Serving with Ron Corsini (1997–2000)
|Preceded by||Vince Agro
|Succeeded by||Bob Bratina|
|Born||October 24, 1962
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Political party||New Democratic|
|Domestic partner||Ben Leonetti (c. 1985–2010)|
|Alma mater||McMaster University|
|Occupation||Community development coordinator|
Andrea Horwath (born October 24, 1962) is a Canadian politician, MPP and community development coordinator. She currently serves as the Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party and Leader of the Official Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. She also is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Hamilton Centre, and was won the leadership of the Ontario New Democrats in the 2009 leadership election.
Horwath was first elected in the 2004 by-election of the provincial riding of Hamilton East.
In the 2007 Ontario election, Horwath ran in the new riding of Hamilton Centre and won it.
2009 NDP leadership
On November 7, 2008, Horwath officially launched her campaign to become the leader of the Ontario New Democrats. The leadership election was held March 6–8, 2009 and she won all three election ballots.
The 2011 provincial election saw a rise for the NDP under Horwath however still in third place. The party was balanced out, with a Dalton McGunity minority government.
In the 2014 provincial election, the NDP was able to continue its seat count of 21, however the Liberals still won a majority government.
Horwath running a third time, against the Liberal government led by Kathleen Wynne and a Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario led by Doug Ford. Horwath promised to introduce a provincial dental plan and prescription drugs. She also promised a child care plan and return Hydro One to public ownership by buying back privately held shares. She also promised to close the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station immediately, while the other party leaders have pledged to keep it open until 2024.
The party's support in public opinion polls increased in May 2018, leading to greater media attention and greater scrutiny for Horwath and her party. She ultimately led the party to official opposition status in the Legislature, the second highest number of seats in the party's history.
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Horwath during the 2014 provincial election campaign
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